Each year, five George Alexander Foundation scholarships are offered to encourage study in an undergraduate course that potentially leads to a community-focused career.

The scholarship supports young people with academic ability, leadership potential and a commitment to their community to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.

The George Alexander Foundation was established by Mr Alexander AM in 1972 to provide grants for public charitable purposes in Australia. The George Alexander Foundation Leadership Scholarship Program reflects the Founder's special interests. It was established in 2014 and commenced in 2015.

Caitlin Kerr, 2015 George Alexander Foundation Leadership Scholarship recipient

Scholarship value

Each George Alexander Foundation scholarship is valued at $7500 per year over three years (total $22,500). It can be used towards the cost of study and living expenses incurred by students during their studies.

The scholarship is awarded for three academic years only. Continued eligibility will be reviewed at the completion of the two most recent consecutive semesters each year by the University.


Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria. They are:

  • students commencing their first undergraduate degree program at Victoria University
  • year 12 school leavers and students who are returning to study aged between 18 – 25 years old
  • applicants who have been accepted into a full time undergraduate academic program and who will be commencing their studies in Semester 1 of 2021
  • applicants who have attained a minimum ATAR score of 80
  • applicants who complete the scholarship application in full and lodge it by the advertised closing date with the specified University office
  • Australian citizens or have permanent residence status.

How to apply

Apply for the George Alexander Foundation Leadership Scholarship using the online Scholarships Application Portal.

Applications closed 7 February 2020.

Supporting documentation

Please provide the following documentation in support of your application:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • Attach a typed personal statement (800-1000 words) addressing the following criteria:
    • Your academic standing
    • The measure of leadership and leadership potential demonstrated in your academic and personal life
    • The level and quality of community participation undertaken by you (including volunteering, work history, sporting and other community activities undertaken in/outside of school)
    • The reasons for selecting the particular program of study in which you are enrolled and your long term goals as a result of this study
    • The degree to which the scholarship would enable you to best meet your educational and employment goals (what would it mean for you to receive a George Alexander Foundation scholarship?)
  • Attach two referee reports (written in the last 2 years) to support your application.
    Please remember to include the title/position of your referees. They must also be from different organisations.
    • Academic reference – from a person qualified to comment on your academic studies, preferably a subject coordinator from your secondary school and/or your school principal
    • Character reference – from a person competent to supply a character reference (for example, a person with whom you have undertaken volunteer work or community activities or a current or past employer) outlining your suitability for the scholarship. This statement cannot be written by someone related to you.
  • Complete a three year plan as shown in  this three-year plan example.

Award conditions

The scholarship recipient:

  • is enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program at Victoria University
  • will promote the ethos of The George Alexander Foundation within and outside the University
  • will participate in a network of George Alexander Foundation Scholars
  • may not transfer the Scholarship to study at another institution
  • may not hold the Scholarship in addition to another Victoria University scholarship
  • must notify the Scholarships Office immediately if they:
    • discontinue full-time study
    • transfer to another institute
    • transfer to another program within the University.
  • will maintain a credit average
  • must notify the Scholarships office if they accept a University sanctioned international exchange to allow the continuation of the Scholarship
  • will seek independent advice from the relevant authorities on the effect, if any, that the Scholarship may have on eligibility for Government benefits or any taxation implications.

Contact us

If you have further questions about scholarships, contact the Scholarships Team.

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Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
Email: [email protected]